LS Core Faculty

LS Core Faculty

Cynthia Coburn

Coburn, Cynthia

Professor, Education and Social Policy


Degrees

  • PhD, Education, Stanford University, 2001
  • MA, Sociology, Stanford University, 1997
  • BA, Philosophy, Oberlin College, 1989

Research Interests

Relationship between instructional policy and teachers' classroom practices in urban schools

Jeannette Colyvas

Colyvas, Jeannette

Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy

Associate Professor, Learning Sciences

Associate Professor and Executive Board Member, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)

Associate Professor (by courtesy), Department of Sociology

Associate Professor (by courtesy), MORS, Kellogg School of Management

Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Policy Research

Director of Undergraduate Programs, School of Education and Social Policy


Degrees

  • PhD, Stanford University, 2007
  • MA, Sociology, MA, East Asian Studies, Stanford University

Research Interests

Organizations and entrepreneurship; institutions and networks; comparing public, private, and non-profit forms of organizing; university-industry interfaces; public and private science.

Matthew Easterday

Easterday, Matthew

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences


Degrees

  • PhD, Human-Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010
  • MS, Human-Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004
  • BA, Psychology and Mathematics, Reed College, 1999

Research Interests

Technology for the new civics – producing scientifically supported educational technology to create informed and engaged citizens who can solve the serious policy problems facing society such as poverty, global warming and militarism. Training such citizens requires us to understand how competent citizens analyze policy, communicate issues, and organize to make change. It also requires us to design more effective educational technology that can teach the knowledge, skills and dispositions citizens need.

Michael Horn

Horn, Michael

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Learning Sciences

Associate Professor, Computer Science


Degrees

  • PhD, Computer Science, Tufts University, 2009
  • MS, Computer Science, Tufts University, 2006
  • ScB, Computer Science, Brown University, 1997

Research Interests

Design of educational technology, learning in museums, computer programming, tangible interaction.

Eva Lam

Lam, Eva

Associate Professor, Learning Sciences, Asian American Studies


Degrees

  • PhD, Education in Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of California, Berkeley, 2003

Research Interests

Multilingualism and cultural diversity in education, digital literacy and learning in new media environments, multilingual and multimodal literacy, language and identity, language socialization, learning in transnational contexts of migration.

Carol Lee

Lee, Carol

Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy

Professor, Learning Sciences

Professor, African American Studies


Degrees

  • PhD, Education (Curriculum and Instruction), University of Chicago, 1991
  • MA, English, University of Chicago, 1969
  • BA, The Teaching of Secondary School English, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 1966

Research Interests

Cultural contexts affecting learning broadly and literacy specifically; teacher preparation and development; classroom discourse; urban education.

Jolie Matthews

Matthews, Jolie

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences


Degrees

  • PhD, Learning Sciences and Technology Design, Stanford University, 2014
  • Master of Professional Writing, University of Southern California, 2008
  • BA, Concentration in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, New York University, 2006

Research Interests

Learning and behavior norms in online communities, social media production and consumption practices, sources and credibility, historical consciousness, fandom, digital technologies and the creative process, inquiry in digital spaces.

Douglas Medin

Medin, Douglas

Professor, Education

Professor, Psychology

Co-Director, Program in Cognitive Studies of the Environment

Director, Program in Culture, Language and Cognition


Degrees

  • PhD, University of South Dakota, 1968

Research Interests

Learning, reasoning, and conceptual change in adults and children, mental models; acquisition of meaning, culture and education.

Eleanor O'Rourke

O'Rourke, Eleanor

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences

Assistant Professor, Computer Science


Degrees

  • PhD, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington, 2016
  • MS, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington, 2012
  • BA, Computer Science and Spanish, Colby College, 2007

Research Interests

Design of technology-enabled learning experiences, educational games and playful learning, growth mindset interventions, connected classroom ecosystems.

David Rapp

Rapp, David

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

Professor, Learning Sciences

Professor, Department of Psychology


Degrees

  • PhD, Experimental Psychology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2000
  • MA, General Psychology, New York University, 1996
  • BA, Psychology, State University of New York, Albany, 1994

Research Interests

Reading comprehension; memory following learning experiences; updating prior knowledge; the acquisition of accurate and inaccurate information; translation of cognitive science research to educational settings; multimedia learning; visualizations as learning tools.

Brian Reiser

Reiser, Brian

Professor, Learning Sciences


Degrees

  • PhD, Cognitive Science, Yale University, 1983
  • MA, Psychology, New York University, 1979
  • BA, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 1977

Research Interests

The design of learning environments and curriculum materials for science that support authentic practices including explanation, argumentation, and designing investigations. His research examines the cognitive and social interaction aspects of scientific inquiry, principles for scaffolding practices in software and curriculum materials, teaching practices, and curriculum design frameworks.

Bruce Sherin

Sherin, Bruce

Professor, Learning Sciences


Degrees

  • PhD, Science and Mathematics Education, University of California, Berkeley, 1996
  • MA, Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
  • BA, Physics, Princeton University, 1985

Research Interests

Conceptual change in science; computational linguistics applied to natural language data; programming environments for learning; external representations in science and mathematics.

Miriam Sherin

Sherin, Miriam

Professor, Learning Sciences

Associate Dean for Teacher Education


Degrees

  • PhD, Science and Mathematics Education, University of California, Berkeley, 1996
  • MA, Mathematics, University of California, San Diego, 1987
  • BA, Mathematics, University of Chicago, 1985

Research Interests

Mathematics teaching and learning; teacher cognition and teacher education.

James Spillane

Spillane, James

Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change

Professor, Human Development and Social Policy

Professor, Learning Sciences

Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research


Degrees

  • PhD, Curriculum, Teaching and Education Policy, Michigan State University, 1993
  • BA, Education and Geography, St. Patrick's College, National University of Ireland, 1984

Research Interests

Policy implementation; educational policy; organizational change; school leadership; relations between policy and teachers' and administrators' practice.

Reed Stevens

Stevens, Reed

Professor, Learning Sciences


Degrees

  • PhD, Cognitive Studies in Education , University of California at Berkeley, 1999

Research Interests

Learning and activity in a wide range of places and situations; design of learning tools curriculum, activities, and technologies.

David Uttal

Uttal, David


*ON LEAVE 9/ 2017 - 8/ 2018 *

Professor, Education

Professor, Psychology


Degrees

  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1989

Research Interests

Mental representation, cognitive development, spatial cognition, early symbolization.

Shirin Vossoughi

Vossoughi, Shirin

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences


Degrees

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University & Exploratorium, 2014
  • PhD, Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
  • EdM, Education , University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
  • BA, History and International Development, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002

Research Interests

Ethnographic study of teaching, learning and educational equity; social, cultural, historical and political dimensions of human development.

Uri Wilensky

Wilensky, Uri

Professor, Learning Sciences

Professor, Computer Science

Director, Center for Connected Learning & Computer-Based Modeling


Degrees

  • PhD, Media Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993
  • MA, Mathematics and Philosophy, Brandeis University, 1977
  • BA, Mathematics and Philosophy, Brandeis University, 1977

Research Interests

Mathematics and science education in the context of computation, connected learning, constructionism, computer-based modeling, agent-based modeling and complex systems and education.

Marcelo Worsley

Worsley, Marcelo

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences

Assistant Professor, Computer Science


Degrees

  • MS, Computer Science, Stanford University, 2014
  • PhD, Learning Sciences and Technology Design, Stanford University, 2014
  • BA, Spanish and Portuguese, Stanford University, 2007
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2007